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Winners - BITSAA Global 30 under 30 Awards, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012   (0 Comments)
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BITSAA Global 30 Under 30 Awards team is pleased to announce the final results awaited by every member of the BITSAA community. We created these awards in after encountering many amazing young BITSians, who had done so much but were not yet known. These Global Awards were a way to not only recognize and honor outstanding BITSians under the age of 30 who have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields, but more importantly, to showcase these beacons of inspiration to the others around them.

The 2012 BITSAA 30 Under 30 Awards Committee: Prof. B N Jain, Mr. Kris Ramachandran, Mr. Ashok Agarwal, Prof. Reena Aggarwal, Prof. Krishna Saraswat, Mr. Anurag Jain, Mr. Raju Reddy, Mr. Phanindra Sama and Mr. Manoj Saxena.

Thanks to all of them for choosing an outstanding group of 30 BITSians from 135 nominations received. The final list of 30 has been selected after multiple rounds of evaluations by the panelists and a rigorous selection process.

The winners include 5 role-model women and represent all our campuses. For the first time, a special mention is being made for a music group that was created by a group of mostly under-30s and making waves in India. There is no 30 under 30 Award, but this group deserved to be singled out for what they have built.

We sincerely thank all BITSians who nominated themselves or their peers. The winners are role-models for many generations of BITSians. Those who did not make it in the final 30 definitely showed high potential to be leaders and stand as pillars of inspiration.

BITSAA Global 30 Under 30 Awards - Winners

(The year of entry at BITS (BITS Batch) is listed next to the winner’s name)

    Academia / Research & Development

  1. Vishakha Gupta (2000): Notable research in Virtualization; actively promote women in computing; recipient of the Intel PhD Fellowship award, recipient of Verizon Fellowship. She completed MS from Carnegie Mellon University and PhD in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.
  2. Soumya Sen (2001): Multi-disciplinary research in computer networks and economics; 4 patents; IEEE INFOCOM best paper award; co-founder of a pre-startup that offers pricing solutions to Internet Service Providers; completed MS & PhD from University of Pennsylvania.
  3. Shruthi Sridhar Vembar (1999): Specializing in experimental research and currently focused on malaria research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. She is a winner of 7 awards and scholarship including the EMBO Long-Term Fellowship given for novel, proven scientific accomplishment in life sciences, the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship awarded by EU to researchers working on third world projects; PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Pittsburgh.
  4. Arts, Literature & Culture

  5. Prabhu B Doss (1999): Filmmaker & photographer with National and International recognitions; "Yamagandam" - short film directed and produced by him was screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival - Court Metrage – 2011.
  6. Dushyanth Sridhar (2004): Passionately researches on Sanskrit scriptures and delivers the resulting content through his discourses; rendered over 250 lectures in 11 cities in India in 4 languages; appeared in 3 TV channels and has recorded two albums.
  7. Sarvani Yadavalli (2004): Avid Kuchipudi dancer; She performs, choreographs and conducts dance workshops; more than 150 performances including inauguration ceremony of 2010 Commonwealth Games; honored with the national ‘Nrithya Shiromani’ award by Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh, Cuttack and ‘Nrithya Vilasini’ title by Nrithyathi Kalakshetra.
  8. Entrepreneurship

  9. Abhishek Humbad (2005): Founder, NextGen, one of India's fastest growing energy and environment companies; selected as India's portfolio cleantech company of 2010 by CII and the World Resources Institute, Named India's emerging startup of 2011 by Business Today and Asia's top 100 social entrepreneurs by FYSE (Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship, HK).
  10. A R Gopi Krishna (2004): Entrepreneur, floated the company Purple Pesto Technologies Pvt Ltd with the vision of creating Mosquito-Free India; acquired P.V.Bio-chem India Pvt Ltd,Hosur increasing the company’s turnover over 3 times within a year.
  11. Gaurav Mathur (2000): Founder of 3LM, providing enhanced security and manageability for Android/iOS devices; 3LM successfully raised capital from Accel ventures in addition to angel funding and has since been acquired by Motorola Mobility within 9 months.
  12. Lohit Sahu (2005): Founder and Director at Phyzok Learning Solutions LLP, creating solutions to improve the education delivery in schools; listed as one of the top 10 young Entrepreneurs by Businessworld Magazine in 2011; Star Entrepreneur of the year award at the 5th Indira International Innovation Summit
  13. Invention & Innovation

  14. Chetan Bansal (2008): 3-time Google Summer of Code Recipient, selected for Microsoft Paris, lead product development for several Web startups; selected as Kairos Global Fellow; 4 published research papers; Winner of Mantra-CEL Award for Innovation, 2011.
  15. Tejas Chafekar (2005): Works at Tesla Motors in Silicon Valley in the powertrain R&D team; Winner of many scholarships from ASME, BPCL, TATA and NTSE. Developed an innovative concept of preparing handmade paper from harmful and allergic weeds which is termite resistant; published five papers; Won one of 5 KVPY fellowships given by IISC Bangalore for his innovative design for paper manufacturing. Graduated first in Mechanical; MS from University of Michigan.
  16. Suvonil Chatterjee (2010): Co-founder of Xplorer which explores innovative ways to make travelling a delight; creates his own flavor of programming language C named ‘Ceasy’; Created ‘Selena’, an autonomous bot built on AIML and Project Head-o-tronics while in school; Mantra-CEL Innovator of the Year, 2012.
  17. Siddharth Loganathan (2000): Inventor of 3 patents for stent-graft and embolic device technologies used for treating stroke; these patents have been made to commercial product called LUNA AES saving lives of over 25 patients afflicted with stroke. MS NYIT, MBA, UCLA.
  18. Ramji Venkatasubramanian (2000): Derived a theory that functional performance of a heart valve is closely related to initial tissue properties; passionate researcher, co-founder of a startup company called "Living Discoveries LLC" that is working towards improving breast cancer diagnosis using digital mammography; inventor/co-inventor in 8 inventions (4 patents pending, 2 trade secrets and 2 invention disclosures in-review); PhD from University of Minnesota
  19. Leadership

  20. Divya Devarajan (2001): Assistant Collector, Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh; works with the vision to be a ‘change maker’ on a wide range of projects; She was chosen as the Best Officer trainee of her batch of Central Civil Services in the foundation course for all round excellence with 3 academic Gold Medals.
  21. Saurabh Ladha (2008): Led the IFOR (The Intelligent Flying Object for Reconnaissance, UAE’s first fully autonomous aerial robot) team to success and continues to mentor his juniors; founder of BITS360 for Dubai campus; founder of ‘Jashn’, annual intercollegiate cultural festival of Dubai campus; Embryo lead for Dubai campus; pursuing masters from Stanford University.
  22. Satish Polisetti (2002): Multi-talented leader; Founder of a promising startup Picatcha and a non-profit start-up Led Sandpaper and Newsletter teams for BITSAA; significant contributions during the first BITSAA Global Meet; completed masters from UC Berkeley.
  23. Akash Raman (2004): Several leadership positions; CEO(India) at Oodio – a photography services startup, CEO – Engineers for Social Impact(E4SI), Founding President for CEL at Goa campus and Manager for BITS2MShD at BITSAA; completed his masters from Harvard University.
  24. Aalap Tripathy (2004): Exemplary leader who is immensely responsible for growth of BITSAA International. Major achievements include the first ever BITSAA Global Meet, establishment of Chapters Council, launch of $1M Bridges to the Future Campaign, conception of BITSConnect 2.0; pursuing his PhD from Texas A & M University
  25. Professional Achievement

  26. Srinath Nagarajan (2001): Youngest manager to head Strategy for a 400 Crore consumer computing business; instrumental in launching the "ME" brand of Tablets in India; Amongst top 61 winners of the Economic Times Young Leaders Award 2011.
  27. Social Entrepreneurship & Community Building

  28. Tarun Cherukuri (2002): Teach for India Fellow after leaving a high paying job at HLL; Fulbright Nehru Scholar 2011-2013; Joint Japan-World Bank Scholar 2011-2013; Pursuing Master in Public Administration/International Development at Harvard University.
  29. Abhijeet Gan (2000): Co-founder of Rite Water, made a significant impact on the availability of drinkable water to villagers in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh; Rite Water has set up more than 60+ community water centres; recognized by Ministry of Rural Development; co-founder and director of OCTAVE Business School.
  30. Keerthi Kiran K (2004): Co-founder and managing trustee of Youth Factor that inspire youth to step to social sector; conceived ‘Grassroutes’, one of the most prestigious fellowship for youth in India; Keerthi has been featured by ‘The Week’ as one of the Indian Gems of the year 2011; invited by former US president Bill Clinton to the Clinton Global Initiative University 2011; pursuing MBA at Duke - Fuqua.
  31. Ankur Kumar (2006): CEO of the social enterprise Let Me Know(; featured in June '11 edition of Careers360 magazine and in leading dailies The TOI, The Hindu.
  32. Divya Nawale (2003): First BITSian woman and also the youngest to step onto the continent of Antarctica, as an Environmental Leader to represent India on an International Expedition; led her India team in Strategy and Fundraising for setting up a 100% renewable energy-powered Education base in Pench Forest Reserve in Maharashtra.
  33. Mayur Patnala (2002): Co-founder of ‘Nirmaan’; founder and president of ‘Yuva Varadhi’; conceptualized Education Helpline in collaboration with Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, toll free counseling centre for students.
  34. Yashveer Singh (2004): Founded and runs, National Social Entrepreneurship Forum (NSEF); awarded Global Shaper 2011 by World Economic Forum; recognized as Unsung Hero; Agent of Change by Deccan Chronicle and one of the 100 heroes from across the globe by Hindustan Times
  35. Sports

  36. Raman Garimella (2006): Avid biker; logged 12,000km (cycling + running) in 13months in training and races & events; preparing to become the 2nd youngest Super Randonneur from India; Vice President, Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC).
  37. Mahesh Krishnamurthy (2000): Co-founder of BITS2Marathon / BITS5K to promote BITSians for running; completed 5 full and 8 half marathons; PhD from University of Cincinnati.
  38. Special Team Award

    Most outstanding team accomplishment for a group of BITSians under the age of 30 – Agam

    Agam is a multiple award winning Contemporary Carnatic Rock band by young BITSians; chosen as the best band in South India by none other than Oscar Award winning Indian musician - A R Rahman; associated with the Cancer Patients Aid Association; performed in the second season of Coke Studio @ MTV. AGAM also composed, recorded and performed the BGM 2011 Anthem - i.e. BITS Pilani Anthem composed by alumni - a first of its kind

We once again congratulate the winners on the accomplishments

Thanks & Regards,

Sherin Kurian, Director, Awards

Rohit Koul, CEO, BITSAA International

Anupendra Sharma, Co-Founder, BITSAA International

On behalf of

The BITSAA 30 Under 30 Awards Committee

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